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Drawing from Memories

Mémoires dessinées

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Published on Wednesday, May 31, 2023


The memorization of space, explored individually or collectively, is often studied through drawings. The act of drawing is an externalization process that involves cognitive and heuristic aspects of the mental map. More generally, it requires specific thinking skills and creativity. Everyone, to varying degrees, is likely to use drawings, not only for the purpose of recollection, but also for exploration and communication. Spatial cognition and geography have long used this simple process which is widely shared and easy to set up. If individual memorization processes are investigated in numerous studies, only few of them focused on the processes and strategies that underlie the act of drawing, especially with several people.


Call for paper for a conference and a book chapter - Université Paris 1 Panthéon Sorbonne



In this context, many questions can be addressed:

  • How does the drawing process work?
  • What are the skills involved in the design process? What about the creativity?
  • What are the contexts and supports for its experimentation?
  • How do the temporalities involved in the understanding and the memorization of a space interact with the temporalities involved in the drawing process?
  • What is the relationship between spatial and temporal memorization in both the experienced space and the drawn space?
  • How does the process of symbolization take place in the drawing?
  • What is the proportion between conventional symbolization and symbolization specifically designed for the occasion?
  • How do we handle the accuracy of the drawings? For what purposes? According to which criteria?
  • What role do trials, “errors” and/or modifications play in the creation of the drawing?
  • Regarding collective drawing, to which extent does each participant contribute?
  • What are the drawing strategies according to whether the space was practiced in a fixed or mobile way?
  • How does the planning of the drawing unfold between the present moment of the drawing and the future of the actions to be carried out?

Keywords: drawing, drawing processes, drawing skills, symbolization, sketch map, mental map, cognitive map, mind map, spatial cognition,  working memory, collaborative memory.


  • Call for abstracts: June 30th, 2023 300 words either in French or in English at : drawing@sciencesconf.org
  • Communication acceptance: From July 15th, 2023
  • End of early bird registration: July 25th, 2023
  • End of regular registration: August 15th, 2023
  • Final conference program: August 30th, 2023
  • Chapter book proposal: October 15th, 2023
  • Acceptance notification: October 30th, 2023

Conference: Paris, September 14th & 15th 2023

Book Chapters: October 15th 2023

Scientific committee

  • Xavier BOISSARIE, Director at ORBE (France);
  • Antida GAZZOLA, Professor of Urban Sociology at the Department of Architecture and Design (DAD) of the University of Genoa (Italy);
  • Bernard GUELTON, Professor of Visual arts, Université Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne (France);
  • Aurélie HERBET, Associate Professor of Visual arts, Université Paris 1, Panthéon Sorbonne (France);
  • Sophie MARIANI-ROUSSET, Associate Professor of Psychology, Université de Franche-Comté (France);
  • Teriitutea QUESNOT, Associate Professor of Geography at Université de Bretagne Occidentale (France).

For more information, please contact Bernard GUELTON (bernard.guelton@univ-paris1.fr) and Teriitutea QUESNOT (quesnot@univ-brest.fr).


  • 12 place du Panthéon Paris
    Paris, France (75005)

Event attendance modalities

Hybrid event (on site and online)


  • Friday, June 30, 2023


  • dessin, processus de dessin, compétences en dessin, sketch-map, carte mentales, carte cognitive, carte heuristique, cognition spatiale, mémoire de travail, mémoire visuo-spatiale, mémoire collaborative


  • Teriitutea Quesnot
    courriel : teriitutea [dot] quesnot [at] univ-brest [dot] fr

Reference Urls

Information source

  • Bernard Guelton
    courriel : bernard [dot] guelton [at] univ-paris1 [dot] fr


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« Drawing from Memories », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, May 31, 2023, https://doi.org/10.58079/1b9g

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